Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

1-2 Punched

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

1-2 Punched

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NEW YORK -- The Yankees were in a quandary. They didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

So they did a little bit of both.

Count on Nick Swisher to provide some needed levity after Wednesday's 5-4 victory that put the finishing touches on a three- game sweep of Cleveland took a back seat to veteran pitchers CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte going on the disabled list on the same day.

"All pitchers have to do is throw strikes," said Swisher, his ever-present smile even bigger than usual. "And they only have to do it every five days."

Of course, losing Sabathia for a minimum of 15 days and Pettitte for at least six weeks was a double shot to the Yankees' collective chins. Naturally, they insist they won't be counted out.

"If you want to be the best you have to deal with it," said general manager Brian Cashman.

For the time being, they're going to rely on a rookie who has never thrown a ball in a major league game and a veteran who looked washed up when he was banished to the bullpen two months ago. Adam Warren makes his big league debut Friday night against the White Sox and Freddy Garcia, who pitched 2 1/3 perfect relief innings for Wednesday's victory, comes out of the bullpen Monday night in Tampa.

Former Met reliever Ryota Igarashi will accompany Warren from Class AAA.

"We've got guys who can step up," said Sabathia.

They're going to have to. Sabathia, who was put on the DL before the game, will miss at least two starts and won't be back until after the All-Star break because of a strained adductor muscle in his left groin, which he first felt in the fourth inning of his Sunday night start against the Mets but didn't tell the team until after his bullpen session Tuesday. Pettitte faces a longer road back after a shot back at him hit by Casey Kotchman leading off the fifth inning broke the fibula above his left ankle. His foot was in a boot and he needed crutches to walk after the game.

"It's going to take some time," said Pettitte. "For CC, it's a little bit precautionary. …

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